Local adventure: A few miles from our home is the historic Oxon Cove Park and Oxon Hill Farm. At the farm there are animals like cows, horses, pigs, sheep and turkeys; there are also historic tractors, barns and stables, a bookstore, and views of the Potomac and DC. It’s a quiet and peaceful escape that always entertains the boys—so it's a win-win for all.
Movies: These days Ryan and Connor go to bed together around 7 pm each night. That means Michael and I get downtime with just the two of us, and one night recently we watched the movie Arrival. I really enjoyed it, and I loved this quote form the main character, Dr. Lousie Banks: "Despite knowing the journey and where it leads, I embrace it and I welcome every moment of it."
DC museum outing: I finally got tickets for us to attend the Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors exhibit at the Hirshhorn in DC. The exhibit is celebrates the legendary Japanese artist’s career spanning six decades and each piece creates a stimulating visual experience. The exhibit is open from Feb. 23-May 14, and if you're in the area you should definitely check it out.
Marriage: Michael and I just celebrated our sixth anniversary! And more than ever, this anniversary—six years in, feels good and feels like we're becoming better together. I often feel like there's a lot of shame around admitting the challenges of marriage, but marriage is hard work, and I think we could all benefit from more transparency. When it's good, we should be celebrating with each other, and when it's bad, we should be standing together, supporting one another.
Things I want to remember: I want to remember how Ryan exclaims: "I'm big and little, Mama." Acknowledging that he's not a baby, but still a child. I want to remember how Connor repeats the words firetruck, race car, airplane, and is constantly on the look out for all things transportation.
Faith: Over the last year, I've experienced some major shifts in how I think about faith, and life in general. One piece of this transition is that I discovered that when you let go of the things that humans invented—like heaven or an afterlife—you are left with the things before us: you and me, the breaths we breath, the ground below our feet, the love we exchange, the earth surrounding us. And right now, for me, that is enough.